Dwight Howard Trade Rumors: Latest Rift Proves His Time in Orlando Is Numbered

Steven Cook@@stevencookinFeatured Columnist IVApril 29, 2012

ORLANDO, FL - MARCH 30:  Dwight Howard #12 of the Orlando Magic drives aganst Ian Mahinmi #28 of the Dallas Mavericks during the game at Amway Center on March 30, 2012 in Orlando, Florida.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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After the latest public development of the Dwight Howard saga, two things are certain: He deserves an Emmy for his acting work, and his time as a member of the Orlando Magic is quickly deteriorating.

ESPN's Stephen A. Smith reported (via IamaGM.com) that Howard is yet again displeased with the Magic organization and is ready to ask for a trade at season's end.

According to Smith, one of Howard's big ticking points with the organization is being treated like a scrub instead of a superstar. The Magic reportedly set him up on an AirTran flight for his back surgery instead of a "nicer" flight. 

What a completely irretrievable error by the Orlando Magic. They should know those commercial flights that regular people, like you and me, take every day are no business for their best player. 

In all seriousness, just when you thought there was nothing else left, Howard is finding something else to complain about once again. Orlando has given him plenty more than they should have, and they continue to be reflected upon poorly because of their immature center.

It's been widely indicated throughout this process that Howard will get virtually whatever coach or teammate he wants as long as it keeps him in Orlando for the near future. Someone's palm hits their face in the Magic front office each time a story surfaces about D-12 feeling "unwanted."

Things seemed to be going smoothly for the Magic and Howard after the trade deadline when he announced he was going to be in Orlando until the end of the 2012-13 season. All of that quickly changed as we continued to see his lackluster personality and effort on the court despite what was thought to be the worst behind them.

It was unheard of how Howard was able to make amends with the Magic (and vice versa) the first time, but this time it has gone too far.

It's obvious that Howard's perception of his treatment in Orlando is damaged beyond repair. With many destinations across the country that are itching to meet Howard's ridiculous needs, including the back-up-the-dumpster-truck-full-of-money New Jersey Nets, he should have no problem finding somewhere else that meets his needs better.

Maybe a team that has a private jet designated solely for their starting center?